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ESPN announcer Dick Vitale discloses lymphoma diagnosis

The Lakewood Ranch resident wrote that he has been told by medical experts that there is a 90-percent cure rate.
Dick Vitale engages with Duke students prior to a Duke-Notre Dame men’s basketball game in 2020 in Durham, N.C. Vitale announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time this year.
Dick Vitale engages with Duke students prior to a Duke-Notre Dame men’s basketball game in 2020 in Durham, N.C. Vitale announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time this year. [ HENRY HAGGART | Special to the Times ]
Published Oct. 18
Updated Oct. 19

BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time this year.

The Basketball Hall of Fame announcer and Lakewood Ranch resident said he has undergone tests that show he has lymphoma.

Vitale announced in August that he underwent multiple surgeries to remove melanoma. He was declared cancer-free at the time.

Vitale said doctors told him the lymphoma diagnosis is unrelated.

“What’s evident is that the treatment plan for this lymphoma is going to be a lot tougher, and in both cases, early detection played an important role in helping to manage the cancers,” Vitale said in a statement.

Vitale said the treatment plan involves steroids and six months of chemotherapy. He has also been told by medical experts that there is a 90-percent cure rate. He plans to manage his work schedule around his chemotherapy schedule.

A longtime Rays fan, the 82-year-old Vitale threw out the first pitch for the playoff opener at Tropicana Field last week.

Vitale joined ESPN less than four months after it launched in September 1979. He is under contract with ESPN through the upcoming college basketball season.

He has been a longtime supporter of the V Foundation for Cancer Research and hosts a yearly gala in Sarasota for pediatric cancer research.